Sunday, April 16, 2017
Today’s readings focus on the astonishing event of Jesus’ Resurrection from the tomb. In Acts, we hear Peter’s address to the friends and relatives of Cornelius, a Gentile. In his speech, Peter summarizes the mission and ministry of Jesus, presenting the Resurrection as the climax of Jesus’ life. As the anointed one of God, Jesus “went about doing good” and then He commissioned His disciples to “preach and to testify” in His name. In the verses following today’s reading, Cornelius and his group receive the Holy Spirit and are baptized.
Today’s psalm was likely intended for an assembly to sing at a liturgy. Just as ancient worshipers did, today’s Christian assemblies are invited to give thanks for the mercy and goodness of the Lord. Today Christian assemblies are invited to lift up their voices in thanksgiving for the enduring mercy of God.
The brief passage from Colossians is part of a longer homily by Paul on the new life in Christ that has been won through His Resurrection. In the verse following this reading, Paul continues to describe this new life in Christ. But first he makes it clear that they need to keep their minds focused on the glory of the Risen Lord. That will be their source of commitment and joy.
John’s account of the Resurrection paints a scene of confusion along with the first gleams of understanding. Mary of Magdala is distressed; Peter and “the other disciple” run to see the evidence. Although both see, it is “the other disciple [who]…saw and believed.” The last sentence seems confusing. In spite of what they saw and even believed, they “did not yet understand.” In a powerful irony, the empty tomb is nevertheless a sign of the fullness of life. Understanding would be slow to grow. At Home with the Word.
In His love and mine,